Gluten Free Sausage Balls and a Baby Shower





We had so much fun showering my sister-in-law a few weekends ago.

For this lunch time shower we served pear chicken salad, mini potato rolls, veggie and humus, apples and caramel sauce, sausage balls, chocolate covered almonds, and lemon bars.

And we actually cheated by having everything made by professionals with the exception of the caramel sauce (click here for the simple recipe) and sausage balls.

I used gluten-free Bisquick. You can find it at some Targets and a few grocery stores. But I just order it from Amazon. 

Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix, Gluten-Free, 16-oz. Boxes (Count of 3)

Gluten-Free Cheddar Sausage Balls

makes 30 appetizers

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free Bisquick
  • 16 oz pork sausage (hot or mild is fine)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer. Roll into 1 inch balls.

Place on a baking sheet to bake immediately or flash freeze and then transfer to a freezer safe container. Keeps in the freezer 60 days.

Bake for 22-25 minutes (increase baking time 2-3 minutes if baking from frozen). Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Gluten Free Sausage Balls

 Gluten Free Sausage Balls
 Gluten Free Sausage Balls
 Gluten Free Sausage Balls

Recipe Index

I have had several people mention that they are having a hard time finding recipes on the blog.

And without paying a website developer to come in and revamp my blog, it’s quite difficult.

There is a search feature on the front page, but it still seems to cause issues.


So I came up with an alternative.

I REVAMPED pinterest.

Or at least my pinterest boards.

All the recipes I recommend or review on the blog will be pinned.

Plus you will see extra recipes that are just my favorites.


You all.

I have a board for just mac and cheese.

And a pizza board. It kinda makes me salivate just looking at it.

So go over to my boards and look around.

There is something for everyone.

Thanks for reading,


My Favorite Soup Recipes

I have become a soup Nazi fanatic.

And I am super picky about my soup recipes.

Here are a few that made the cut.

Now go forth and make soup!

click photos for recipe

Corn and Cheese Chowder

I lighten up this recipe, but it’s a family favorite. Sometimes I also use leftover ham in place of the bacon.

White Bean Chili with Chicken- gluten free and dairy free

I love this recipe! I actually just made it again last weekend.

Great option for white chili without a mix.

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Soup

I order this soup at a local noodle bar. And this recipe is the best way I can replicate it at home. YUM.

I leave out the tofu and just use chicken. I also have left out the lemongrass; it turns out fine without it.

Basic Chili and Corn Bread Muffins

This is the chili recipe I grew up on. And I still make it regularly.

It’s also awesome with some big crusty grilled cheese sandwiches.

Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

I was never a fan of chicken noodle soup until I came across this recipe. It’s divine!

Beef and Barley by The Food Charlatan

Barley scares me. Or at least it used to. Make this and you too can get over your fear of barley.

Creamy Slow-Cooker Tortellini Soup

My husband LOVES this soup. It’s a great weekday meal. Super fast and flavorful.

My Favorite Fall Recipes plus a plaid shirt that you need!

Fall, Fall, Fall is here.

Or at least it’s almost here.

And that means lots of apples and pumpkins.

Here are a few of my favorite fall recipes.

click each photo for the recipe

Pork Chops with Apples and Cheese Grits
Easy! Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
Southern Living Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

This cake is divine. I think I leave out the pecans.

Apple Doozie

This dessert pizza is really easy. But I will be honest. I don’t use canned apple.

I just slice the fresh apples really thin, Then add some brown sugar, cinnamon and a couple tbsp of water in a large skillet.

Cook on medium heat until the water evaporates. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Feel free to use canned apple. I won’t think less of you. :)

Biscuit-Style Apple Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are my all time favorite. I may need to make a batch this weekend. Simple food is the best!

All Apple Crisp II

I love fruit crisps and have tried lots of recipes.

But I always come back to this stand-by. It’s great and just so simple.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Scones
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These⇑ are the best muffins I have ever made. I LOVE them

I was on the hunt for a couple plaid shirts for fall that didn’t gape at the chest and that were long enough to get away with wearing leggings.

Well I found the SHIRT. It’s a boyfriend cut which means its a little over-sized which is perfect if you have a larger chest like me.

click the photo for the link

Old Navy Women’s Boyfriend Plaid Pullover


Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

This recipe is packed with fiber and other good things.

And it’s delish!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

 serves 4

  • 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1  32 oz box black bean soup (Trader Joes or similar)
  • shredded cheese (garnish) optional
  • cilantro (garnish) optional

Brown the ground beef in a large sauce pan (I have also used leftover taco meat). Drain off the fat. Add in the chili powder, onion powder and sweet potato, corn and black bean soup. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes then serve.


I served mine with my easy corn bread muffins. Click here for the recipe.

Manly Potato Mixture (aka Potato Salad) |

Whenever my husband says, ” I won’t eat ____,” it challenges me to create a recipe that he does like.

And one of those things is potato salad.

Actually anything under the mayo/salad category is a no-no in his book.

Egg salad (or deviled eggs)

Chicken Salad

Macaroni Salad

He says it’s all gross.

So I set out to create a potato salad that he likes.

And you know what? I did it.

But he said he will only eat it if I call it something other than potato salad.

His suggested names were:

Manly Potato Mixture


Yummy Potato Goodness.

Anyway this potato salad is delightful and contains no mayo.





Manly Potato Mixture (aka Potato Salad)

serves 6

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • 3-5 slices of bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 can of olives, sliced
  • 4 oz block cheese (cheddar or pepper jack), cut into cubes

In a microwave safe bowl combine the oil and garlic. Microwave for 1 minute to infuse the garlic into the oil. Then add the lemon juice, oregano, and s/p. Set aside.

Wash and dice the red potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces. Fill a large stock pot with the potatoes, add enough water to cover them, and 1 tsp of salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain. Pour the potatoes into the serving bowl. Toss with the dressing. And then allow to cool for 20-30 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients.

Serve at room temperature and enjoy.

Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes (3 versions)

If you had asked me a 10 years ago if I liked sweet potatoes I would have said no.

I didn’t mind the taste but the only way I had ever eaten them was when they were covered in marshmallows.

And I REALLY don’t like marshmallows.

But then I discovered sweet potatoes not covered in brown sugar and white fluff.

And simple sweet potatoes are just delightful (and cheap and SO good for you). And my husband even eats them now too.

Here are three ways we enjoy them on a weeknight.

Serve them with chicken, pork or as a veggie dinner.




Three different ways to make roasted sweet potatoes!

Printer version Roasted Sweet Potatoes here.

Southwest Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes*

Serves 4

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes (2-4 potatoes)
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • dash of cayenne

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Peel and dice the potatoes. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. Then add all the spices and toss.

Bake for 25 minutes. Stir half way through the baking time. Serve warm or at room temperature. (for extra yumminess top with a little cheese).

*also makes a great filling for veggie tacos

Roasted Honey-Glazed  Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes (2-4 potatoes)
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Peel and dice the potatoes. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. Then add all the spices and toss.

Bake for 25 minutes. Stir half way through the baking time. Drizzle with honey while still hot. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes (2-4 potatoes)
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (chopped fine)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Peel and dice the potatoes. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. Then add all the spices, Parmesan, and toss.

Bake for 35 minutes. Stir half way through the baking time. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Old Fashion Banana Cake and a Tip for Ripening Bananas for Baking

This has been my dad’s birthday cake for ages.

It’s quick, simple and reminds me of February 26th every time I eat it.

It also reminds me of the time my sister (who was in 6th grade) and her friend ate this whole cake during a sleepover. It’s really that good.


Two things to note about this handwritten recipe:

1. My handwriting will never be as good as my mom’s handwriting is.

2. And my mom’s maiden name is written on this recipe which means that she had to call her to-be mother in law in California for the recipe.

Oh the things we do to please the men in our life.


The bananas I was using were not to the overripe stage yet.


So I cut them up, covered them, and then heated in the microwave for 3 minutes.



Then simply mash the bananas. Allow to cool for a few minutes before adding to the rest of the ingredients.



Any white frosting can be used for this cake.

We typically use the Jiffy white frosting because that’s how my grandma always made it for my dad.

But cream cheese frosting is great too.

2-3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp half and half

4 oz cream cheese

Whip until smooth.



Click here for the printable version of this Old Fashion Banana Cake.

A Goal to Entertain More And Worry Less Plus a Chili Recipe

In addition to getting healthier (see this post and this post), I wanted to entertain more this year..

And soon as we made that a goal my next thought was, “What in the world will I make for these people I am having over?”

It might just be me but usually that thought causes me to panic.

I know I am a good home cook,  but the thought of producing a Martha Stewart like dinner party causes me to sweat.

But here is what I have learned. Few people like a dinner party-esque type of get togethers.

People love simple food, prepared well which is why I served chili and grilled cheese at the last “dinner party” I hosted.

I might add that I also had worked a full day, rushed home and had about 20 minutes to prepare before my guests arrive.

You read that right. I made grilled cheese for dinner guests.

And it was the easiest stress-free meal.

But the key to making a simple meal great is quality ingredients, which in total cost me about $15 for 4 people (with leftovers). 

That totally kicks any good restaurant bill in the pants.


I purchased fresh bakery bread and a nice melting cheese to make the sandwiches, but a day in advance I prepared a simple chili from the recipe my mother always used.

 Then after the guests arrived I threw together an arugula salad with an orange honey mustard dressing which I made by blending a little orange juice, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, and s/p.

I am going to make easy entertaining recipes a series this year because if you are like me you need all the encouragement you can get when it comes to hosting people in your home.

Here is my mother’s recipe for basic chili.

Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili

serves 8-10

  • 2 lb ground beef (or venison)
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1- 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2- 28 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 3- 14 oz cans beans, drained and rinsed (I prefer black beans)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground meat in a large skillet. Drain fat from the skillet if using beef. Return meat to the skillet and add onion, spices and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat.

Add meat mixture and the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with hot sauce, shredded cheese and sour cream.

Freezes well up to 3 months.

Corn Bread Muffins